Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Process

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the process of coming up with a new pattern. Something just sort of comes to me - sometimes first thing in the morning, sometimes upon seeing something beautiful in nature, and sometimes... when I look at a dishtowel! Let me explain.

Tonight I was reorganizing my work area, and came upon this dishtowel I purchased a couple of months ago. Pretty cute, right?

Well, that made me think - Hey, I like birds! Other people like birds! Right...??? So why not make a stitchery with birds! Then it's thinking about how to make those birds take shape... And I recall this recent pattern I completed called Wildflower Sampler.

And it occurs to me - that same concept would work beautifully with birds! So far so good. I take a few notes, think about nests and birdhouses and such...

And now comes my FAVORITE part - drawing! I pull up some pictures of birds on my computer. I know I want to include a robin. So I just look at hundreds of pictures of robins, remind myself what they look like, how their wings lay, how long their beaks are, and...

Ta da! A robin! Next let's try a goldfinch...

I have two more to draw. Maybe a meadowlark? Maybe a chickadee? Not sure, but I can't wait to get back to drawing!


And that's how my design process begins. Tweet tweet!
Sara

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Patterns are In!

On their way from the printers, these new patterns are available this week!
#062 - Autumn Sampler
$8.00

#063 - Lovely Little Fall
$8.00

#064 - Merry Little Christmas
$8.00

#065 - Happy Halloween!
$8.00

#066 - Inside a Book
$8.00
Give me a call anytime to place an order, and we will get your credit card information over the phone. These patterns will ship early next week. And click here to see all of Blueberry Backroads' patterns.

Thanks everyone and happy happy stitching!
Sara

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Gentle Art

What a FANTASTIC surprise I received in the mail today - TWO HUNDRED TWO skeins of embroidery floss from The Gentle Art. Ah! Check out this rainbow:

Gorgeous, right? Six thread count, colorfast, and well... gorgeous! I'm a mad scientist in her laboratory, scheming up ideas. That's how I feel when I get my hands on such beautiful supplies anyway!

So here's what I'm thinking... I've been wanting to do some small embroidery projects geared toward baby. I found these 1930's fabrics the other day at Four Seasons Quilts (a most wonderful quilt shop here in the Twin Cities by the way).

And now I'm starting on a some little baby gift ideas...

Have a great weekend!
Sara

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fall Patterns in the Works

Hey there! 

This last week I've been working on some new things for fall and trying out Weeks Dye Works embroidery floss. I'm digging it! The variegated effect that this hand dyed floss offers is right up my ally. I love the dimension it gives to my projects. Six strands is perfect, as I need the option to use just one strand on that little stuff. It knots up less than DMC, hardly at all really, and I like that the tones are slightly more muted... less "shiny" than DMC. The only trouble I've had is in making French knots. The knots seem to loosen up a little more than I would like. Other than that, fantastic!

Below are some of the great fall colors from Weeks. I love their names! - "Jack-O-Lantern", "Hot Rod", and "Cornbread". 

How do you transfer the pattern onto your fabric? I use a water soluble fabric pen - every time. I place my fabric on top of a light box - couldn't live without it! - and trace. The pen comes up easily with a damp cloth when I'm done.

A little more of what I'll be finishing up this week...
And on that note... HAPPY SUMMER!
Sara

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Weeks Dye Works

Hey All!

I'm trying out some new embroidery floss, and the flavor of the week is Weeks Dye Works. Here's the luscious and oh so generous color palette they provided me with!


How fun is that??!! So far I really like it. I do a lot of tiny, detailed stitching, and I like that this floss is made up of six strands. I can pull off just one little strand for all that itty-bitty stuff. I'm used to using DMC, and Weeks seems to knot up less. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the variegated options with Weeks. That color variety adds such dimension to stitchery, I think.

WHAT ABOUT YOU??!! What's your favorite embroidery floss? Shoot me an email, and tell me what you like best!

Here's what I'm working on with Weeks Dye Works...

Summer is in full swing so that means it's time for me to start thinking about fall!



And it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas... right...?? :)


Happy stitching!
Sara

Friday, May 23, 2014

Welcome Weekend!

Back from our show in Pittsburgh, and slowly but surely my apartment is being put back together again. I live in a pretty small space so getting all the patterns and samples back in their place is quite the endeavor! Someday I'll have a studio... Anyway, all went well, and we made it home safe and sound. Even the flowers we had in our booths made it back in great shape!
Do you love kits? I've updated my website to include kits for some of my newest patterns. They'll be available only while supplies last, so get them while you can! Click here to see what's available. 

Here's wishing all of you a sunny holiday weekend. Summer has finally arrived to Minnesota, and I'm going to relax and maybe work on a few new ideas that I have brewing. But definitely going to spend some time outside!

Wherever you head this weekend, don't forget to bring along a little hand work! :)
Sara

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Still Rockin' it in Pittsburgh

Another great day at Market! Here's a full shot of my booth:


Me and my mom...

Me and Tony...

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas...

Tony flew home this afternoon. We hated to see him leave but he has a baseball game tomorrow, and Tony does not miss his games! My mom and I will hit the road tomorrow afternoon at show close. About 14 hours back to Minnesota - not a bad drive with some pretty scenery along the way.

Happy stitching!
Sara